Switchfoot are one of the most successful bands in the christian music industry of today, their previous 2 major label albums "Beautiful letdown" (2003) and "Nothing is sound" (2005) are nothing but delicate pieces of modern rock. Jon Foreman and Co promised a more harder edge on the new album and it started promising with the first Led Zep-ish single "Dirty second hands" earlier this fall. That song also had moments where I came to think of another brilliant christian band - Whiteheart. The 2nd single which also is the title track opens the album in an okay way, perhaps not the smash opener I would have hoped for but since this is Switchfoot - their lowest level is just about as high as the peak of Kilimanjaro if you know what I mean.
The second track "American dream" doesn?t impress me either but things really start to happen from track #3 with my favorite "Dirty second hands" and the upbeat rocker "Awakening" (future hit?) As track #5 we get the amazing "Circles" that surely fulfills all promises of a harder edge, superb arrangements and intelligent razor sharp riffs makes this one of the best songs of the album. I?m not a big fan of the rootsy rocker "Amateur lovers" but do enjoy every second of the closing track "Let your love be strong" that feels one minute too short. I expected more of this album but it?s still a really good album because I doubt that this band can release a weak record.
I dissapointment. Where is the depth? This might worked well on the road with an edgier sound, but as an album, naaah. The band will be dropped after this album, cause this won?t climb the charts. Feels like a bunch of leftovers to me!
Like kaj, I had high expectations for this album too. When I saw the production credit, I knew right away that this was going to be a very different experiance than their two previous records. After listening to the album, I have to say that nobody can accuse Switchfoot for playing it safe on this record, because musicly they have taken som chances and some new directions. I am not a big fan of this record(does not mean it is trash though) I liked them better under the direction of John Fields, when the arrangements were cleaner and the songs were more melodic. Anyway,"awakening" and "let Your Love be strong" leaves a good impression.